“I know! Let’s take our thin, super-cool 3DS device and make it bulkier!” That’s my interpretation of the thinking behind the “Expansion Slide Pad,” which was leaked today as a new peripheral for the 3DS. In other news… Wanna win a “Flame Red” Nintendo 3DS? Find out how after the jump.
To accommodate games that require two circular thumb sticks instead of just one, Nintendo has come up with a new peripheral for the 3DS handheld device that adds a sort of cradle to the lower half of the machine. This peripheral, dubbed the Expansion Slide Pad, adds a second thumb stick on the right, along with three new shoulder buttons. Capcom is believed to be secretly working with the Slide Pad in development of a new Monster Hunter title being made exclusively for the 3DS, but no other games made to support the Slide Pad are yet known.
Nintendo has yet to officially comment on the Slide Pad, which was revealed instead in Japanese magazine Famitsu, and scanned by one fast-acting Twitterer. I’ve enhanced and cleaned up that image, cut it apart and presented it above and at right. It doesn’t look like something that would be easy to travel with, and I have no doubt this will be yet another “add-on innovation” for a Nintendo device that will eventually be integrated into future iterations of the game console (a la the Wii Motion Plus).
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